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Toronto Hydro-Electric System Receives Decision on Rate Changes

MAY 15, 2008 - 18:09 ET
TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 15, 2008)

Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited ("Toronto Hydro"), a subsidiary of Toronto Hydro Corporation, announced that it has received a decision today from its regulator, the Ontario Energy Board ("OEB") on its application to adjust electricity distribution rates.

The application sought approval to adjust electricity distribution rates to provide funding for the upgrading of the electrical distribution system in Toronto and to recruit employees to replace workers who will be retiring over the next several years.

Toronto Hydro must now determine the effects of the Decision on rates and provide overall customer rate impacts to the OEB for final approval. Approved rate changes are expected to take effect on July 1st, 2008.

Distribution rates cover the costs associated with delivering electricity from transformer stations to homes and businesses in Toronto. These include the costs of planning, installing and maintaining overhead and underground distribution lines, poles, cable chambers, meters, stations and transformers. Distribution rates form part of the "Delivery" line of the Toronto Hydro bills.

About Toronto Hydro Corporation

The Corporation is a holding company, which wholly-owns the following subsidiaries:

  • Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited ("Toronto Hydro or THESL") - which distributes electricity;
  • Toronto Hydro Energy Services Inc. ("TH Energy") - which provides street lighting and expressway lighting services and energy efficiency products and services.
  • Toronto Hydro Telecom Inc. ("Telecom") - which provides fibre optic cable capacity and manages data communications services.

The principal business of the Corporation and its subsidiaries is the distribution of electricity by THESL. THESL owns and operates an electricity distribution system, which delivers electricity to approximately 682,000 customers located in the City of Toronto. THESL is the largest municipal electricity distribution company in Canada and distributes approximately 18% of the electricity consumed in Ontario. The business of THESL is regulated by the OEB which has broad powers relating to licensing, standards of conduct and service and the regulation of rates charged by THESL and other electricity distributors in Ontario.

For more information, please visit the Web site at www.torontohydro.com.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:

Toronto Hydro Corporation
Blair Peberdy, Vice-President, Communications and
Public Affairs, Chief Conservation Officer
(416) 542-2515
Email: bpeberdy@torontohydro.com

or

Toronto Hydro Corporation
Pankaj Sardana
Vice-President, Treasurer and Regulatory Affairs
(416) 542-2707
Email: psardana@torontohydro.com
Website: www.torontohydro.com